The Lady Longhorns tuned up for their appearance in one of the season's most prestigious indoor track and field meets -- the Skydome Classic -- at a March 8 eight-team showdown in Wickenburg.
The Classic, which will be contested today, March 14, on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, has attracted 26 teams from around the state.
"Most of them will be (Class 3A) schools," coach Chuck Hardt said. "I expect most of the East and North (region schools) to be there."
Even though Payson High School is currently in the midst of its spring break, the coach anticipates a strong contingent of Lady Horns to travel to Flagstaff.
"We'll have some on vacation with their families," he said. "But most should be there."
In Wickenburg, the Lady Horns struggled to a third-place finish mostly because the team didn't have the points it usually relies on from first and second place finishers.
The team's lone gold medalist was freshman Jenna Robertson who won both the long and high jumps.
Robertson is the younger sister of former Lady Horn three-sport star Stephanie Robertson, who in 2000 was named one of the Payson Roundup's Top-10 athletes of the decade.
Second place finishers at Wickenburg included Shanna Colemen, Nikki DeWeese and the 4x100 relay team of Amy Buckner, Sarah Agnes, Janet Echols and Robertson.
Coleman was the silver medal winner in the 200 and DeWeese second in long jump and high jump.
As a team, the Lady Horns posted 90 points to finish as the bronze medalist behind Wickenburg (131.5) and Fountain Hills (122).
More results from Wickenburg
Girls: Wickenburg 131.5, Fountain Hills 122, Payson 90, Camp Verde 68.5. Scottsdale Christian 64, San Pascual 53, Salome 32, River Valley 3
Alesha Huddlestun, 400
Jenna Robertson, 300
Agnes, Coleman, Cluff, Huddlestun, 4 x 800
Nikki DeWeese, 300 Hurdles
Sierra Sommars, Discus
Agnes, Echols, Huddlestun, Stackhouse, 4 x 400
Janet Echols, 400
Lana Cluff, 1600
Amy Buckner, 100 Hurdles
Sierra Sommars, Shot
Lacy Sommars, Discus